Police need to be contacted where there is a threat of violence
Don’t forget to maintain the person’s dignity and self determination within reason
Keep good records of strange behaviours
Engage with a youth health services or GP who can help with tracking symptoms and diagnosis
Use the medicare Better Access program to access allied health services
Undertake training in mental health
Develop relationships with your local Headspace or youth health centre if you have one locally.
Please note….. This presentation also included excerpts from the Andrew Denton, Enough Rope episode called Angels and Demons. These include a simulated experience of schizophrenia and feedback from young people about what helped with treatment and recovery. You can view these sections and most of this episode at the following web address. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/interactive/angelsanddemons/